Spring games don’t mean jack squat, I realize that. Luke Hughes was a Fort Myers savior for years and never could stick with the big league club, so everything that is done in Florida needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but I’m still excited about Ervin Santana.
As I sat in Williams Arena and watched the Golden Gophers lose on a ‘onions’ shot from Penn State at the buzzer, the Minnesota Twins’ new toy was pitching and it was beautiful.
Santana pitched two innings in his spring debut for the Twins and the most damage that was afflicted was two simple hits. Plus, he got former Twins, current Baltimore Orioles Chris Parmelee and Delmon Young out, so Santana is already winning over my heart.
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Santana also fanned three. Yes, half the outs that Santana recorded were strikeouts. All three of them were swinging. Sit down, David Lough. Bye, Felicia to Nolan Reimold. Was that a breeze, Ryan Lavarnway?
That is just beautiful. I can’t wait for real games with Santana on the mound.
And Jose Berrios.
Berrios pitched in the game against the baseball version of the Golden Gophers and got his first Grapefruit League action on Sunday. In three innings, Berrios allowed one run on three hits while striking out two.
Mark Hamburger notched a two inning save while striking out two himself.
The Twins won the pitching duel which featured former stud Ubaldo Jimenez on the other side to start. The Twins got on the board first in the first via a Joe Mauer RBI double to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Eduardo Escobar hit an RBI double that gave the Twins a 2-0 lead.
The Orioles got their run in the fifth via a RBI single from Jimmy Paredes.
Final score: Twins 2, O’s 1.
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